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Ma Liu Mie the Monkey King and Monkey Picked Oolong from Teavivre

There’s a lot to take in with a name like Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, but the most exciting part is “Monkey-Picked.”  What?  Really?  There were monkeys involved in getting this tea from the tree to my teapot?  According to legend, the steep cliff-side where this tea is grown is too treacherous for tea farmers to reach the leaves, so they trained monkeys to pick the leaves for them.  Ma Liu Mie is an honorable nickname for this tea used by the locals, as well as the name of the tea-picking Monkey King of Read More

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Honey Red Jade Tea from Golden Leaf Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Golden Leaf Tea Tea Description: Honey Red Jade Tea is a unique fermented black tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. Hand-picked and processed, Honey Red Jade Tea is grown naturally to encourage the tea leafhoppers to feed on the tea leaves, producing a natural honey fragrance when the enzymes from the leafhopper interact with the tea plants. This tea brews to a dark caramel color with a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste. Honey Red Jade tea is irresistible when it is hot. It is even better when it is cooled. The unique Read More

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Iron Buddha Oolong Tea from Oollo Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea Where to Buy: Oollo Tea Tea Description: A present from the loving Bodhisattva of Compassion. Tightly rolled, the full leaves unfurl to emit pleasant stone fruit and wild honey notes with a hint of roasted nuts. Origin Varietal: Iron Buddha Grower Name: Wang Family Location: Pinglin, New Taipei, Taiwan Elevation: 500m Harvest: 2014 Spring Tea Review “It’s sweet with notes of honey, nutty and toasty with a very pleasant peach-like flavor.  It’s very smooth with a silky mouthfeel.” –Soriritea Sisters Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Iron Buddha Oolong Tea from Oollo Tea is from the Pinlin, New Read More

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Golden Lily Oolong Tea From Dachi Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea Where to Buy: Dachi Tea Tea Description: This oolong is made from the Jinxuan varietal invented by Taiwan’s tea research, a varietal renown for its milky aroma and smooth mouthfeel. This specific yield is distinctively vibrant and balances flowery aromas with a faint creaminess, before its chartreuse-colored liqueur and its lightly-floral mid palate give way to a vegetal-yet-sweet finish, reminiscent of sugar snappeas. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Golden Lily Oolong from Dachi Tea.  “Golden Lily Oolong” what a pretty name.  The name goes perfectly well with this lovely tea that is for Read More

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Dayuling Premium High Mountain Oolong from Beautiful Taiwan Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy: Beautiful Taiwan Tea Tea Description: The premium teas of Taiwan are known for their smoothness, the quality of their soup and their “Chaqi”.   Only grown in the highest areas, theses leaves take their time to grow and soak up all the cool mist and the High Mountain air.  You’ll feel calm and attentive with this Dayuling sourced High Mountain Oolong. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I’ve heard great things about Dayuling Oolong; and I’m very happy to finally get the chance to try one! The high, high altitude at which Read More